Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Canary In The Coal Mine

The murder of five American soldiers by another American soldier has been described as a warning similar to the canaries who were taken into mines to warn of impending explosions or by their death from gas.

Well, I said to myself, how many canaries does it take? Soldiers have been killing themselves from the effects of this war upon their personalities at an unprecedented rate for a couple of years.
Canaries, you say! Damn you and the horse you rode in on.

But wait, there are still two more years of war left in Iraq, and who knows how many more in Afghanistan.

I am reminded of the words of Siegfried Sassoon, English war hero of WWI:

"Let no one ever, from henceforth say one word in any way countenancing war. It is dangerous even to speak of how here and there the individual may gain some hardship of soul by it. For war is hell, and those who institute it are criminals. Were there even anything to say for it, it should not be said; for its spiritual disasters far outweigh any of its consequences."

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